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Join us for a call with retirement plan advisors, Feb 9, 3 p.m. (CT). Be sure to acknowledge gifts over $250. Announcing a new YFM curriculum project! Use our new secure file transfer for sensitive documents. Send us your annual ministry report.
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Vision: A world powerfully transformed through the growing movement of shared spiritual awakening.
Mission: Advancing the movement of spiritual awakening and transformation
through Unity, a positive path for spiritual living.
Purpose: Develop, equip, and support Unity leaders and communities to grow in innovative, sustainable, and cutting-edge ways.

February 4, 2021
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Membership Matters
Education
Leadership Development
Connect
UWH
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Membership Matters

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Dialogue Call: Retirement Plan Advisors. Unity Worldwide Ministries is pleased to announce that Wilborn Advisors has been selected as the financial advisory firm to support participants of the Unity Worldwide Ministries 403(b)(9) retirement plan. Marc Wilborn and Peggy Bruce from Wilborn Advisors will be hosting a dialogue call to introduce themselves and further describe their services. Join us on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 3 p.m. (CT).
Acknowledging Donations. After the joyful flurry of the holiday season gives way to a new year, many of our ministries will begin focusing on tax season. Don’t forget that donors of gifts in excess of $250 must have a written acknowledgment from the recipient organization in order to claim a tax deduction. The written acknowledgement can be mailed or provided electronically via email. IRS Publication 1771 outlines substantiation and disclosure requirements for charitable gifts.
Send Us Your Information Securely! As part of our infrastructure modernization effort, we have launched a new feature on our website that allows you to securely transmit sensitive or confidential information to us (e.g. housing allowance forms or other information that contains social security numbers, bank account numbers, etc.). Look for the “Send Us a File” link at the bottom of our website under “Contact Us.” Click the link to be directed to a web form where you select the staff member to send your information to and upload your files. We no longer have a fax. Please email us or use our new “Send Us a File” option described above.
New Online Annual Report Process. The central office has implemented a more streamlined and ecological way of receiving and processing annual reports. An email was sent out on January 21, 2021, from “Rev. Diana Kennedy” to the main contact email address we have on file. If you have not yet received an email with a link to our new online form(s), please email Rev. Michael Perrie. Thank you for helping us keep our records updated so that we may serve you better! Reports are due by March 31, 2021.
Ministers: Manse Form. Ministers who are not assigned to a ministry and desire for UWM to approve their manse allowance should fill out a new manse form for 2021. This is a fillable PDF. Please email your forms to Connie Savage at CSavage@unity.org.

Education

Educating Unity Leaders in Spiritual Principles

Virtual SEE Week, February 22–26, 2021. Unity on the Space Coast, Titusville, Florida, is hosting a week of Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) classes via Zoom. Six experienced, thought-provoking instructors will teach twelve insightful classes. Register now. For more information, contact Rev. Roxanne Graves.
SEE In the Field Week, March 22-26, 2021. Unity Center of Peace, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will be holding three Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) courses via Zoom on March 22-26, 2021. Sign up for Metaphysics I, Meditation Practices, and The I of the Storm.

Leadership Development

Training Unity Leaders in Effective Leadership

Webinars and Trainings. Please visit our Trainings webpage for a complete list of offerings, descriptions, deadlines, and registration information. All times listed are Central Time, unless otherwise noted. Most are available for CEUs.

Upcoming Registration Deadlines
  • What's Working in Virtual YFM! Date: February 10, 2021, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Registration closes: February 8, 2021.
  • Spiritual Activism: Nonviolent Strategies for Social & Political Reform. Date: February 18 and 25, March 4, 2021, 1:30-3 p.m. Registration closes: February 11, 2021.
  • Energy Leadership. Date: March 11, 2021, 3-5 p.m. Registration closes: March 9, 2021.
  • Let’s Get Real About Grief. Date: March 16, 2021, 1:30-3 p.m. Registration closes: March 14, 2021.
  • Energy Leadership in Action. Date: March 25 and April 1, 2021, 2:30-4 p.m. Registration closes: March 18, 2021.
Dialogue Call: YFM Curriculum Project. Unity Worldwide Ministries is excited to announce the creation of a Youth and Family Ministry curriculum-writing project! This project has received starting funding from the Unity South Central Region. As the project is taking shape, we want to be sure that ideas for content topics are inclusive. You are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. (CT) to share your thoughts and ideas.
Dialogue Call: What’s the Beef With Blackboard? Are you confused about the difference between Blackboard and Collaborate? Have you had difficulty using the platforms? Join us on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. (CT), for a call that will explore the purpose of each, address your questions, and invite you to share additional thoughts and ideas.
Great Lakes Sponsors Diversity Training. Join Rev. Jim Lee and Lisa Lee, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Unity Region, for a workshop that approaches diversity from the inside out, beginning with relating effectively with “the other” within. Through discussion, the power of story, and spiritual practices, we will create an inclusive foundation for reaching across the great divides present in our culture today and develop new capacities for being spiritual ambassadors of compassion, peace, and true communion. The event will be Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 9 a.m. (CT). Visit greatlakesunity.com for registration and information.
Photo Release Form. This document can be used by your ministry when taking photos or videos to use in a brochure, in a PowerPoint, on your website, etc. You must have a release from any person whose face is recognizable in the image. If people are under age 18, you must have a release from their parent/guardian before using their image. Consider keeping a “do not photo” list for those who do not want their photo used for privacy/safety reasons.
EarthCare Idea. Looking for an activity that works for both Valentine’s Day and EarthCare? Beth Remmes, EarthCare ministry team member, suggests reading Love Letter to the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh. "A few years ago at Unity Atlanta, Peachtree Corners, Georgia, we recited Thich Nhat Hanh's mindfulness mantras on a short walk in the labyrinth. We then wrote our own love letter to the earth on beautiful recycled paper. We shared our favorite passages from the book and our letters with each other."
UWM Tote Bag. Staying organized is effortless with this practical tote! It features the Unity Worldwide Ministries logo in white on a black bag (Size: 20"W x 14"H x 4"D). This roomy, functional, water-resistant tote bag is constructed from durable 600D poly-canvas. It features a large zippered main compartment, front slip pocket with pen loop, and two mesh side pockets, which are great for water bottles. Dual 29½" drop handles provide comfortable shoulder carrying.

Connect

Providing Resources and Opportunities for Unity Leaders

Gratitude

The estate of Karen Jeanne Effenberger granted a substantial donation to Unity Worldwide Ministries, which will go toward the 2021 Better Together program. Karen was a master-level social worker and medical intuitive with a spirit of adventure. Guided by spirit and her vast knowledge, Karen brought ease and healing to many. Hers was a journey of service, personal growth, exploration, and professional development up to the very end. Read more about her remarkable life. We thank you, Karen, for your generosity and for your life’s work.

Open Positions


Unity of Richmond, Virginia, is seeking a full-time minister.
 

Other News


Rev. Allen C. Liles has developed a new book series entitled Classic Bible Chapters. His first two books are John 14: The Most Important Chapter in the New Testament and Ephesians 6: Putting on the Full Armor of God. The goal of the series is to get more readers interested in the inspiration, wisdom, and guidance available in the Holy Bible. More information is available at classicbiblechapters.com.
A listing of all current openings for ministers and ministry personnel can be found at UnityWorldwideMinistries.org/openings. No login is needed. Send questions/comments about ministry employment to Carrie Kenyon or Diane Pletcher. Ministry staffing, status changes, and transitions are available online.
Four-Week Interfaith Series: The Second Axial Age. The Association for Global New Thought and Global Lecture Hall are sponsoring “The Second Axial Age: Are Religion and Spirituality Evolving?” as part of the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence. This event will be held on Saturdays, February 6-27, 2021, 1-2:15 p.m. (CT). Register now for this Zoom presentation and hear Eastern and Western insights into the transformation that may now be underway and giving rise to a new global consciousness.
New Thought Day, March 7, 2021. Unity centers will join other New Thought (NT) centers around the world in celebrating New Thought Day on the first Sunday of March. This event invites all NT centers to honor our history and principles together.  You can download the free PowerPoint, which was approved by all of the NT organizations. Find more information about New Thought Day on The All Faith Center website.

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Black History Month. In Unity we believe divine power is diverse, inclusive, and resides in each of us. Black History Month gives us an opportunity to evolve our consciousness to a higher level, making us more awake. Visit the Unity Black History Month 2021 webpage for resources your community can use to celebrate Black leaders in New Thought and Unity.
Finding a Time to Grieve. Offer your community messages of comfort during loss, conflict, and tragedy. A Time to Grieve is a beautiful card deck with 56 statements of support for navigating dark times. Tuck into sympathy cards or use for grief workshops, journaling, and more. Request wholesale orders from Customer Care or by calling 816-251-3571.
Do You Get These Updates? UWH has two insider emails, just for you. Postcards from the Village is video news and resources for Unity ministers and LUTs, direct from our executive team. New Products from Unity Books delivers you first looks at our new spiritual products, books, and specials.

Unity Urban Ministerial School

Focusing on Urban Ministerial Skills

Love and Liberation. On Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 6 p.m. (CT), you are invited to join Unity on the North Shore, Evanston, Illinois, and Unity Urban Ministerial School for a joyful, virtual celebration of Black History Month. The amazing music of Gwen and Charles Scales headlines the festivities. You will also enjoy poetry, meditation, dancing, trivia, and an African ceremony. Access this jubilant evening by reserving your space now for $20.
Looking at Prayer. This virtual class opens participants to the divine through prayer using Eric Butterworth’s much-beloved classic, The Universe Is Calling. Facilitated by Rev. Richard Carlini and Bob Hardy, LUT, the six-week class offers a non-theological, non-ritualistic guide to prayer for contemporary seekers of guidance, wholeness, and self-regulation. Class begins on February 9, 2021, at 7-8:30 p.m. (PST). Learn more and register now. Preregistration is required. The fee is $60, and class size is limited to 25.

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